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The Journal of Cardiovascular Surgery 1998 August;39(4):425-7

Copyright © 2000 EDIZIONI MINERVA MEDICA

language: English

Successful treatment of aortoesophageal fistula resulting from aneurysm of the aortic arch

Goto H., Utoh J., Hongoh H., Hirata T., Kondoh K., Sun L. B., Hara M.

From the First Department of Surgery, School of Medicine, Kumamoto University, Japan


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Aortoesophageal fis­tu­las ­from pri­mary tho­rac­ic aor­tic aneu­rysms ­are ­almost ­always ­fatal. In ­the English lit­er­a­ture we ­have ­found ­only ­four suc­cess­ful­ly man­aged cas­es, ­all descend­ing tho­rac­ic aor­tic aneu­rysms. We ­report an eld­er­ly wom­an ­who devel­oped an aor­toe­soph­a­geal fis­tu­la ­from an aor­tic ­arch aneu­rysm. She ­was suc­cess­ful­ly man­aged ­with ­graft replace­ment includ­ing reat­tach­ment of ­arch ves­sels ­and a ­staged esoph­a­gecto­my ­which ­was accom­pa­nied by mobil­iza­tion of ­the omen­tum ­into ­the ­space ­between ­the esoph­a­gus ­and ­the pros­thet­ic ­graft. She ­was ­the ­first suc­cess­ful­ly treat­ed ­patient ­with aor­toe­soph­a­geal fis­tu­la result­ing ­from aor­tic ­arch aneu­rysm.

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